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Friday will be my first time interviewing someone for a job that’s not an intern. It’s going to be weird being the other side of the table. Suggestions on questions to ask?

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Why are they interested in working at your company? What did they like about their past job? What didn’t they like? What kind of work do they want to do? What kind of role are they looking for? Ask them to talk you through some work they’re proud of. What was their role in the project? What would they do differently if they could do it again? Do they have any questions for you?

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Open ended questions that require the person to have not just thought about, but also articulate, why they want to work in the industry, company, role, etc. Trust your instincts when you assess their responses too.

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I like to ask what and who their influences are. Can tell a lot about someone’s curiosity that way.

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All of the above ☝️ plus, What jobs did you hold throughout high school and college? (It’s a good barometer for judging work ethic)

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I tho k the “why do you wanna work in this industry” question is weird if you’re not hiring for a first job. You’re not sussing our their life goals, you wanna see if they’ll fit the culture of your agency. Same with “what role are you looking for”, uh, the one in the job post they applied to? Think about what you really need to know about a person to figure out if they’ll play nice with your team. “Tell me how you approach a brief” or “what was it like working with your last partner” etc. What’s important to you in an employee? Frame questions around that.

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“What role are you looking for” is helpful because industry titles mean different things at different shops. It’s helpful to know their expectations about where their time will be spent - ie high level oversight vs production - so you can make sure it’s a good fit. We’ve all heard of people saying “this isn’t what I signed up for!” Well, it’s good to ask them what they are looking to sign up for.

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This is all really helpful. Thanks for taking the time to reply.

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Ask what famous person in history they would like to get wasted with

Questions about when they experienced frustration or adversity in the workplace and coping mechanisms, or an example of them receiving and of them giving constructive criticism, an example of them changing their opinion/mind and/or of them defending a point of view. (All workplace examples...)

The question/statement I always hate being asked in an interview is “so tell me about yourself”. I think that question is pretty redundant given you already had a chance to look at my resume prior to us meeting. What specifically would you like to know about the person that may not necessarily be on their resume? While you’re interviewing someone for a role, they’re also interviewing you to see if it would be the right fit. It’s nice to be asked questions that aren’t just standard and generic. If I get asked those questions, it makes me think you didn’t prepare on your end.

I actually like being on the receiving end of “tell me about yourself” as I can then use that to go on at length about my positive qualities, background, experiences. You can also then ask that same question back to both interviewer (if your potential manager)

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